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The US Drone War in Pakistan Is Back

Drone“Even if the White House doesn’t know a target’s name, he can still BE MARKED FOR DEATH.

Obama has provided the CIA with authority to kill not only suspected militants, but unknown individuals it believes FOLLOWS A PATTERN OF MILITAN ACTIVITY, in what it terms “signature strikes.”

Thank you to ALL our parliamentarians for this gift …
Wired.com – Danger Room : 6 Strikes, 8 Days, 35 Dead: The U.S. Drone War in Pakistan Is Back | Danger Room | Wired.com
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Drone Pilots: Did we just kill a Kid? No .. it was a dog with Two Legs

Drone PilotsA drone operator sitting in front of a video screen in New Mexico after he just bombed a target to oblivion

Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.

Was that a kid?” they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. “No. That was a dog,” the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?

I have no words to express my frustration at reading this narration from a Drone Pilot sitting in New Mexico –

Mr Obama – TIME 2012 Person of the Year – please shed a tear for that DOG with TWO LEGS

LINK: Dreams in Infrared: The Woes of an American Drone Operator – SPIEGEL ONLINE

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Pictures of Protest in Karachi – Against Civilian Killings In Khyber

On Saturday April 10, the Pakistani army bombed villages in Tirah in the Khyber Agency and killed more than 70 civilians. While the military denied the incident, local government confirmed compensation payments for civilian deaths and injuries. “All of those killed were civilians, 100% innocent,” said Ikramullah Jan Kukikhel, a tribal elder. He further elaborates that a house with women, children and elderly was bombed and as villagers rushed to rescue those caught in the rubble, they were also attacked, killing many more.

Given the lack of transparency surrounding the many operations it is safe to say this is not the first time civilians have been killed by the army. The media has, in some cases, been strong-armed into publishing only ISPR approved stories, while independent news from the conflict regions has been systematically suppressed. Civilian deaths and army’s conduct are not reported or questioned in the mainstream media at all. Stories criticizing the army are virtually non-existent because the army does not permit them. After the bombing in Tirah, a BBC reporter was not allowed access to the wounded brought to Peshawar’s Hayatabad Hospital.

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